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Keep kids healthy this summer

May 21, 2015

Here’s a great idea…

“There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.”—Arlen Specter

In other words…

One of the best things we can do for our children is to teach them to invest early in their health. Summer is a great time to encourage healthy eating habits and physical activities.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Summer is the perfect time to expose children to all types of fresh, local fruits and veggies. You can plant a garden with your kids, go to local orchards or farms to pick fresh produce as a family, or go to local farmers’ markets and let your children pick out the fruits and veggies they would like. Let them help you chop and store the food for quick snacks, and then let them choose how to incorporate them into your menu.

Remember that kids need at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Instead of a TV show, play an active family game, dance to favorite music, or go for a bike ride. Let each member of the family take a turn choosing the type of activity for that day. When kids enjoy an activity, they will be more likely to incorporate it into their routines.

To find out more…

about helping your child achieve a healthy lifestyle visit the eXtension Families, Food and Fitness website:  http://www.extension.org/families_food_fitness. For more resources on healthy eating visit our website at: http://www.uaex.edu/health-living/food-nutrition/default.aspx or visit your local University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service office.

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